Jeff - your images are inspiring. Lots of fun ahead!
Last night I think I made a breakthrough in my cell phone photography efforts. Obsoletes everything I have done to date. (Still, something went wrong - forgot to take the Otterbox off the phone, poor fit to bracket created an artifact in everything I shot last night. Remember that thing I said about the golf swing?)
So, I thought just about deleting the old photos. You may have noticed by date that I am posting these in chronological sequence.
But then I got to thinking, will I delete everything every time I get a new piece of equipment? Decided not to, perhaps the older efforts can illustrate issues and pitfalls to avoid for people just getting started. (Guys, if I can do this with my ten magical thumbs, so can you!)
And until I get a new model iPhone capable of longer exposures, these are very close to what a prospective NV astronomer can expect to see visually with similar suburban light pollution and equipment. As you can see, a substantial leap in capability! IMHO, a bigger leap than the Dobsonian Revolution.
So without further ado, the Tulip Nebula (in sequence - but don't worry, better images are not far away). I was still pushing the ISO back then, these days I try to keep it as low as practicable. Last night, almost everything I shot was 1600 or 800, even the nebula.